Located in Walnut, Illinois, Heritage Health - Walnut is the only facility located there. This nursing home is a solid facility, with an overall grade of B-. Based on our ratings, this place has some redeeming qualities. The best part of this facility's report card was its remarkable inspection grade. Inspection reports are discussed in the next section.
Heritage Health - Walnut
- Nursing Home
- Independent Living
Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Medical Transportation
- Speech Therapy
- Stroke Recovery
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
Registered Staff Hours
To go along with its decent overall score, we awarded this nursing home an A+ for our inspections rating. This is far better than the facility's overall rating. These inspection scores take several factors into consideration, including deficiencies and substantiated complaints. You can learn more about each of these items by reviewing copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. Fortunately, although this facility had a few minor dings on its report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are labeled as categories G through L. This means that CMS did not consider any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient safety or health. A couple minor dings are not the end of the world.
Short-term Care Quality
We also awarded this nursing home a strong grade in short-term care. This nursing home received a B in this category, which turns out to be one of our higher grades. Short-term care grades are typically used to grade a nursing home's rehabilitation services. In order to offer quality rehabilitation services, facilities generally need to feature higher levels of skilled nursing services. Skilled nursing includes registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and other highly skilled individuals. Fortunately, it looks like this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not every nursing home employs these types of nurses. However, according to the data this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The final measure we considered in this area is the number of residents who were able to leave the nursing home and return home. We discovered that 5.8 percent of this facility's patients were able to return home.
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This facility's next best category grade came in the area of nursing. In that category, we gave this nursing home a grade of B-. Our nursing grade focuses on the facility's nurse staffing levels. We consider both the levels of licensure of the nurses and the number of hours spent with residents. This place provided just 0.3 hours of nursing care per patient daily. This is a low total compared to most other facilities. Lastly, we also assessed some nursing quality measures. While this nursing home got docked a bit for its nursing hours per resident, it excelled in some of these quality measures. With fewer than five percent of its residents suffering from pressure ulcers, it did very well in this subcategory. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can typically be avoided by offering better nursing care, such as by employing a system of moving a resident more frequently.
Long-term Care Quality
The next area we assessed was long-term care. We gave this nursing home a D for our long-term care category, rendering this the facility's worst area. For residents in need of a permanent residence rather than rehabilitation, long-term care is an important category. In addition to assessing the quantity of care provided by aids and other staff, we also looked at the number of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This nursing home administered the vaccine to 100 percent of its residents. To our surprise, this facility was able to keep its patients out of the hospital. Indeed, it had only 0 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days. Sadly, some of its other scores in this category weren't as favorable as these.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Heritage Health - Walnut Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Heritage Health - Walnut, 8.94% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This metric is is a measure of the percent of long-term patients who suffered from pressure ulcers. Many experts believe that pressure ulcers are a solid measure of a facility's nursing care quality.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Heritage Health - Walnut, 3.47% of Patients had Serious Falls
This figure tells you the percentage of long-term care patients that experienced falls resulting in major injury. Falls can arise for a variety of reasons, but high rates of major falls may be an indication of lower quality nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Heritage Health - Walnut, 2.6% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percentage of residents that suffered from a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are routinely associated with lower quality nursing care. Closer supervision can limit the number likelihood of residents sustaining infections. Keep in mind that this datapoint is affected by by the fact that nursing homes have incongruent reporting standards for UTI's.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Heritage Health - Walnut, 18.4% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term patients taking antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic medications serve an important medical purpose, it is important to ensure these medications are being used only where medically required. In limited situations, increased usage of these drugs may indicate that a nursing home is using these medications to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Heritage Health - Walnut, 19.11% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is the percent of residents given antianxiety medications. These medications are given to patients suffering from anxiety or depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Heritage Health - Walnut, 29.8% of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term care patients who are showing symptoms of depression. Many in the industry argue that this is a measure of patient quality of care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Heritage Health - Walnut, 87.49% of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term patients who have received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be deadly for nursing home residents, making these vaccines critical to patient well-being.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Heritage Health - Walnut, 14.23% Percentage of Patients
Measures the percent of long-term stay patients who required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as moving around and continence.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Heritage Health - Walnut, 19.34% Percentage of Residents
This metric tracks the percentage of long-term residents who were able to retain mobility.
In Heritage Health - Walnut, 1.51 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This datapoint measures the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of patient care. Avoiding the hospital is important to the physical health of nursing home residents.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Heritage Health - Walnut, 19.34 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Heritage Health - Walnut, 11.45 Percentage of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Heritage Health - Walnut, 71.39% Percentage of Resident
This is the percentage of short-term care patients that experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. High levels of independence with ADL's typically correlates with successful rehabilitation services.
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